A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


PNA’s Ballard Preschool Co-op has openings for fall

July 29th, 2015 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Cooperative, a Phinney Neighborhood Association program located in Loyal Heights, has openings for the 2015-16 school year for children ages 5 and younger.

We offer a part-time cooperative program with a play-based curriculum that supports children’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. Parents are also supported by our in-house parent educator. We currently have openings in our Parent/Infant and 3-5s classes for the 2015-16 School Year. The Parent/Infant class meets on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 am. A child must be born before September 1, 2015, but may not have turned one year by that date to be eligible. The 3-5s class is held Tues/Wed/Thurs from 12:15-3:15 pm, plus Fridays from 12:15-3:15 pm for pre-K children. Please contact the Registrar atbpc.registrar@gmail.com for more information and/or visit our website at www.phinneycenter.org/bpc.

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PNA’s Whittier Kids hiring teacher for after-school program

July 20th, 2015 by Doree

Whittier Kids, a before- and after-school program at Whittier Elementary in Ballard, which is run by the Phinney Neighborhood Association, is expanding its program and needs a new teacher.

The position is 20 hours a week, from 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with occasional opportunities for additional hours for special events, early release days and school breaks. Salary is $15 an hour. Benefits include 401(k) plan with employer match, self-paid Aflac products, self-paid ORCA pass, three weeks personal time off the first year, increasing annually, and paid holidays.

General Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Planning and implementation of a variety of age-appropriate and theme related activities to include music, art drama, crafts, games, dance, science/nature and sports;
  • Supervises and facilitates curriculum activities and areas to promote positive learning experiences for the children in a harmonious, safe and caring environment;
  • Maintains appropriate standards for the children’s behavior using non-punitive methods that teaches self-discipline while supporting children’s self-esteem;
  • Provides careful and concentrated supervision of play areas to insure children’s safety and learning;
    • Promotes mutual respect and models problem solving skills;
  • Gears the program to the needs of the individual child with concern for the child’s interests, special needs, special talents and individual style and pace of learning; treats each child with dignity and respect;
  • Familiar with minimum DSHS licensing requirements relating to classroom supervision, health and safety; and
  • Consults with the WK Supervisor or PNA Kids Director when difficult or unfamiliar situations arise.

Staff Responsibilities:

  • Participates with other staff in daily room set-up and take down tasks;
  • Assumes an equal share of the ordered arrangement appearance, décor and learning environment of the classrooms; and
  • Fosters and maintains cooperative relationships with all other staff members.

The PNA is seeking a knowledgeable, energetic Teacher whose experience and philosophy closely aligns with an emphasis on individualized, play based, inclusive programming and practices. The teacher has the planning, coordination and supervisory skills to implement a high quality, developmentally appropriate, anti-bias program and to manage the program budget in a responsible manner. This individual is skilled in balancing the needs of children, parents and staff, and supervising teachers while supporting individual strengths and allowing a degree of autonomy in the classroom.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) credits are preferred.
  • Experience and proven success working with school-age children (ages 5-12).
  • Enthusiasm and interest in working with school-age children (ages 5-12).
  • Ability to practice non-punitive discipline methods.
  • Approval of Washington State Criminal Records Check.
  • Current certification of CPR, First Aid and HIV/Bloodborne Pathogens instruction.
  • Documented negative TB test.
  • Food Handler’s Permit.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to hr@phinneycenter.org. Position will be open until filled.

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Last chance to register an activity for annual PhinneyWood Summer Streets on Aug. 8

July 16th, 2015 by Doree

This year’s annual PhinneyWood Summer Streets event will close down a good portion of Greenwood Avenue to cars from 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, as neighbors converge for dozens of family-friendly activities, performances and sidewalk sales. Greenwood Avenue from North 70th to 87th streets will be shut down to cars and open to pedestrians, skates and bikes. If you’d like to register an event, this is your last chance.

Featured activities include a dog agility course, a bouncy house, dance performances, and more. At 70th Street, the South Music Stage, sponsored by Umpqua Bank, will host School of Rock-trained musicians alongside a kid-friendly headliner, The Not-Its! At 87th Street, the North Music Stage, sponsored by Verity Credit Union, will host rock headliners Polecat alongside School of Rock bands.

The PNA Business Group is assembling a map of activities for festival goers. If you would like to offer a free and family friendly activity and have it listed on the map, please email Amy Besunder at amyb@phinneycenter.org no later than 7/22.

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Phinney Center hosting beer taste, Spanish dinner and Greenwood Seafair Parade

July 14th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association has a lot of events on its plate this summer. Here are three upcoming ones.

Saludos A España – Paella Dinner and Flamenco is at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, July 17, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $15 for PNA Members, $20 non-members. All proceeds benefit the senior center’s programs. Details and tickets are available online.

Summer Beer Taste: Beer Oasis – Draughts not Drought! is from 4-7 p.m. this Saturday, July 18, in the PNA’s lower parking lot at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is $25 for PNA members, $30 non-members, and $10 designated drivers. For that you’ll get 10 tastes from 25 local microbreweries, pub style snacks, and mini brats from the Barking Dog Alehouse. Tickets are available online. Live music by L’Orchestre d’Incroyable. Only service dogs allowed. Must be 21 and over. but onsite childcare is available. Email samispencer@hotmail.com to reserve your spot. (We just received word that the onsite childcare has been canceled.)

The 65th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade, the longest-running neighborhood Seafair parade, is from 6-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22. The parade begins on Greenwood Avenue North at North 95th Street, and goes south, turning west on North 85th Street and ending at 6th Avenue NW. This year’s theme is “Don’t Rain on My Parade” with Grand Marshal M.J. McDermott, an Emmy-Award-winning writer, actor, broadcaster and meteorologist.

(Note: PhinneyWood is a parade sponsor.)

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Call for artists for PNA’s NW Fine Arts Competition

July 13th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is calling for artists for this years’ Northwest Fine Arts Competition. Jurors include Shayla Alarie, the Director of the Antique and Modern Department at Davidson Galleries, and Mylinda Sneed, Public Art Program Coordinator for Sound Transit.

The artist selected as juror’s pick will receive a $200 award and a solo show in the gallery in 2016. All other selected works will be included in a gallery show in October 2015. Application deadline is Aug. 7.

Apply online or download a PDF.

NW Fine Arts Competition 2015-resized

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Gumshoe detective walk needs ‘test drivers’

June 24th, 2015 by Doree

The annual fundraising Gumshoe 5K Walk returns July 31-Aug. 9, taking participants on a scenic and fun walk through our neighborhood while looking for clues to complete the form for a chance to win prizes from neighborhood businesses. Since 2005, the Gumshoe has raised more than $38,000 for three Greenwood non-profits — Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Food Bank and Greenwood Elementary School PTA.

The event has been streamlined this year – dropping the Eatsy Street and GumShop photo clue “games within the game” — and now has additional administrative support from the Phinney Neighborhood Association, said Mike Veitenhans, who organizes the event and is known as the Gumshoe Answer Man that participants can call when they can’t figure out a clue.

Veitenhans is looking for two volunteers to “test drive” this year’s walk, which involves solving the draft clues while Veitenhans follows along and takes notes so he can tweak the clues into their final form. In return for their time and since they’ve done the walk, the volunteers will receive free Gumshoe entry forms and are eligible to win one of 10 $100 gift cards to local businesses being offered as prizes this year.

If you’d like to be a “test driver,” email AnswerMan@DoTheGumshoe.org.

(Note: The Gumshoe is a PhinneyWood sponsor.)

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Women’s World Cup live on the big screen at Phinney Center

June 10th, 2015 by Doree

Once again the Phinney Neighborhood Association is showing select live games of the World Cup on a huge screen. Admission is free, but donations are accepted to help pay for the 14-by-8-foot screen and projector. Suggested donations are $3 per game for adults, $2 per game for children under 18, and $10 per game for families of four or more. Entry is first come, first seated.

Games are shown in Community Hall in the Brick Building, on North 67th Street and Dayton Avenue North; enter through the PNA’s lower parking lot.

The following games will be shown:

  • June 16, 5 p.m. – USA vs. Nigeria
  • June 30, 4 p.m. – Semi-final
  • July 1, 4 p.m. – Semi-final
  • July 4, 1 p.m. – Third-place match
  • July 5, 4 p.m. – Final

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PNA Village looking for volunteer coordinator/AmeriCorps employee to start this fall

June 9th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association Village is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator & Fall Prevention Lead-AmeriCorps employee to start on Sept. 1 through July 15, 2016.

The Volunteer Coordinator, based at our site in North Seattle, engages a variety of community volunteers who contribute their time and talent to provide services to members in our Village. As the Fall Prevention Lead, you will be responsible for research, attending and completing Matter of Balance (MOB) certification training, delivery of classes to members, and assessing the efficacy of MOB classes.

The PNA Village, a program of the PNA, is an aging- in-community membership program. The PNA Village provides support, expertise, and services to members who want to have the practical means and confidence to live safely and comfortably in their own homes and neighborhoods.

Compensation includes a $1,195 monthly stipend, health insurance coverage, bus pass and $5,730 education award at completion.

Click here for a PDF with more details of the position.  Apply for the position here.

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Reminder: City Council District 6 candidates forum is Saturday at PNA

June 2nd, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council and Phinney Neighborhood Association are hosting a candidates forum for the new Seattle City Council District 6 from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

Incumbent Councilmember Mike O’Brien and challengers Catherine Weatbrook, Jon Lisbin and Stan Shaufler will answer questions on zoning, land use, development, transportation, environment, civic engagement, public safety, etc.

“The move to district elections represents one of the biggest political changes in Seattle in years,” PRCC board member Ted Inkley said in a press release. “It’s important that District residents learn the views of those who want to represent them, and equally important that the candidates hear residents’ concerns. This is especially critical given the important decisions facing City Hall during this time of rapid growth and change in Seattle.”

District 6 covers Green Lake, Phinney Ridge, Greenwood, Ballard and Fremont. Click here for a PDF map of District 6. Click here for information on all districts.

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